Sessions 2024

We'll be announcing sessions and presenters soon so stay tuned to see who you'll be learning from.

More sessions are being added every week!

Moving From "Transactional Advocacy" to "Transformational Advocacy."

Discover the thrill of advocating for issues you care about by moving from "transactional advocacy" to "transformational advocacy."

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Crisis Communications—Smart Strategies for Tough Times

This session will include practical tips on communicating before, during and after a crisis, including crisis planning, public and media communications, and social media management.   REGISTER TODAY Register today and then click to s...

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Ready, Set, Go! Three Steps to Engage, Energize, and Empower Your Community

Join Kacey Carpenter, an accomplished author, community organizer, and volunteer, in a presentation designed to engage, energize, and empower your library community. Learn from real-life case studies featured in his latest book and gain insights i...

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You’re Writing Your Emails Wrong!!

Email can serve as the bedrock of a campaign for grassroots fundraising, organization and communication efforts. But so many organizations struggle to write emails that “work.” Throughout this session we’ll cover email best practices, common mista...

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That Librarian: Preparing, Protecting, and Being Proactive In Standing Up for Intellectual Freedom

Libraries are seeing an unprecedented number of book challenges and librarians have become the new punching bags for extremists. Learn about my journey from being the target of a harassment campaign to taking back my life. Learn about online resou...

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Feelings Don’t Care About Your Facts: Ethically Navigating Library Advocacy in an Age of Propaganda.

Libraries and library workers in the United States are under threat from a powerful and well-funded far right coalition that is increasingly outmatching library advocates in the battle for the hearts and minds of the American public. The rhetoric ...

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What the %&$*# is Wrong With Library Advocacy?!

Nearly 98% of library funding comes from the will of voters and legislators. That means that nearly all of library funding is political in nature yet libraries don't seem to have the resources, tools, or strategies in place to navigate and influen...

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The Realities of a Book Challenge

In 2022, Gavin Downing faced a book challenge led by his own school principal. In this session, he will talk about his experiences, what worked, what didn't work, what he wished had happened, and more.   REGISTER TODAY Register today...

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Building a Grassroots Alliance to Support the Library and Fight Against Book Bans

Grassroots activism has proven to be effective at fighting book bans and supporting libraries and librarians at local, regional and statewide levels. While most American strongly oppose book banning, many don't know how to effectively organize and...

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Q&A With Mike HixenBaugh

In this session you'll hear from Mike Hixenbaugh, author of "They Came for the Schools," in this Q&A with EveryLibrary staff. He'll discuss the powerful forces driving the crusade to ban books, rewrite curricula, limit rights for minority and ...

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Be FOIA Smart

What the heck is FOIA and why should you care? This session will offer a look at the Freedom of Information Act, including how you can use it to uncover book challenges and where and how you can protect yourself from being a victim of targeted FOI...

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National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) + Libraries

National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. According to U.S. Census data from 2020, as many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans are not registered to vote. Every year, millions of Americans find themselves ...

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Fighting Back against Censorship: One Librarian’s Story

After being fired by the High Plains Library District in retaliation for opposing their discriminatory program policy and speaking out to my community about being told to cancel my programs for LGBTQIA+ teens and youth of color, I embarked upon (a...

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What to expect when you're expecting (to sue your state over censorship laws)

When advocacy fails to change the minds of lawmakers, libraries and librarians must turn to the courts to protect the First Amendment rights of their patrons. That is easier said than done. Join Library Director and advocate Adam Webb as he discus...

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The Convergence of Censorship Trends in US and Canadian Libraries

An analysis of library censorship data since 2015 shows that there have been stark differences between the book-banning cultures in the US and Canada. However, recent data shows that a nascent wave of reactionary sentiment has spearhead an unprece...

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Book Banning Goes Digital: Libraries Suspending E-book Services and the First Amendment

Book banning predates the United States and has survived and thrived in a splintered twenty-first century political climate. As the fight for the minds of the public continues, state and local governments have ramped up their efforts to ban books ...

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The Role of Libraries and Journalism in Fighting Against Deep Fakes for their Communities

With the upcoming U.S. elections, there has been increasing artificial intelligence-generated and human-generated disinformation content being circulated and causing mass confusion. We also see Photoshop errors such as the one from Kate Middleton,...

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Library Advocacy in the MLIS Degree and Early Career

This presentation discusses the significance of developing advocacy skills for libraries and their services, particularly emphasizing the early stages of one's graduate degree and career as a librarian. The presentation also covers practical strat...

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Funding the Fight: Boosting Online Activism and Advocacy

The battle against misinformation and censorship is being fought every day online. In order to beat back book bans, we need to build a diverse coalition of activists and advocates to counter the extremism driving these negative policies. One of th...

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Creating a Cash Flow with Microsoft Excel

After this session, viewers should have a basic understanding of matching liquidity to fiscal year liabilities, using Microsoft Excel to map out a fund's cash flow, and tracking investments using an output sheet.   REGISTER TODAY Reg...

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Bonds for Sale!

This session will explore the different ways to sell your bonds in the primary market. We will discuss the nuances of the various sale mechanisms and the different contexts in which one method of sale might be preferable over another.   R...

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Constraining Possibilities: What's Really Driving the Culture Wars?

Book banning, education gag orders, attacks on libraries and public schools as institutions--behind all of these is an effort to roll back the civil rights gains of the last 50 years, reasserting racial and economic hierarchies and constraining wh...

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Earned Media

How to garner earned media for issue advocacy   REGISTER TODAY Register today and then click to share this conference on Facebook and Twitter! About Kelsi Browning With over a decade of experience, Kelsi Browning is a seasoned pol...

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Impact of Voter ID Laws and How Libraries Can Help All Eligible Voters Exercise their Freedom to Vote

In 2024, 38 states have voter ID laws. Many of these laws went into effect after the last presidential election. Voters who do not have an ID that will be accepted in their state will be disenfranchised. VoteRiders and Libraries can help ensure th...

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Deep in the Heart of Texas: Parents Fighting Book Bans in the Lone Star State

Texas parents share stories and strategies they've used to endure and fight against book bans and censorship.   REGISTER TODAY Register today and then click to share this conference on Facebook and Twitter! About Texas Freedom To ...

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Public Libraries as Civic Connectors

Public libraries serve as integral connection points for how patrons receive and engage with civic information. Learn more about how your library can create democracy-based programming, host candidate forums, or register individuals to vote. Libra...

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Dedicated Sustainable Funding: A $30 Million Advocacy and Equity Success Story

Learn how to secure sustainable funding that advances community equity through advocacy for your library! Gain insight into obtaining funding, including assembling a community task force, using the task force to identify equity and social justice ...

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Running For Office

The only way we build a better country for Americans who want to read freely is if people who care get elected. And the only way they get elected is if they run for office. We need more people like you taking leadership positions and fighting for ...

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Boost Your Library’s Youth Program Offerings With Free Resources and Strategies from Girls Who Code

Boost your library's youth program offerings with free resources and strategies from Girls Who Code -- available for all age groups and genders! As student interest and demand for STEM programming continues to rise, we know that libraries are uniq...

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Nonprofit Power: The Unique and Crucial Role of Nonprofits in Nonpartisan Voter Engagement

Nonprofits, including libraries have a unique and important role in nonpartisan voter education and engagement. Join us as we share data, best practices, and examples of voter engagement based on almost 20 years of supporting nonprofits to build a...

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Effective Student Advocacy

DAYLO mentors and members will present information on effective student advocacy as it relates to censorship, discussing topics like the value of a foundational book club, the importance of self care for student advocates, and strategies for commu...

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Introduction to Borrowing for Libraries

Large capital improvements, renovations, and projects are often realized with the help of borrowing. This webinar provides a framework for evaluating whether your library needs to borrow for your project, how to decide how much, how to authorize i...

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Surprise and Serious Play in Creative Nonviolence: De-escalation and 'Changing the Channel' in Public Space Confrontations.

In this session, we will examine and discuss how tactically sly but sincerely ethical performance techniques can deescalate confrontations in public spaces such as libraries, while creating mediagenic and sympathetic imagery to build support for d...

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Connecting Your Community Through Conversation

Community conversations are an important way for libraries to connect with the communities they serve. In this session, you will learn why it is important for libraries to be hubs for dialogue and strategies for implementing community conversation...

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Using Petitions to Reach Supporters and Build Power

In this session, we'll discuss how and why you should use petitions to reach more supporters. We'll cover why petitions are great for list growth, how you can use petitions to grow your opt-in email and SMS lists, and ways to mobilize petition sig...

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Modern Digital Advocacy Tactics that Cut Through the Noise

In this session, digital advocacy expert Steve Anderson will outline the Full Spectrum of Engagement needed for effective advocacy. Full Spectrum Engagement is the combination of strategic principles and digital advocacy tactics that leading progr...

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Chronicling Incidents to Build Local Support Networks

The people targeting libraries and organizing book bans are often the same people targeting abortion clinics, medical centers, and LGBTQ+ events. Each of these affected groups has something to offer the other in terms of managing threats, dissemin...

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The Mychal Threets Effect

How and why Mychal Threets, the famous TikTok librarian, has amassed such a following, and what this means for the future of libraries and readers.   REGISTER TODAY Register today and then click to share this conference on Facebook a...

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The Rise and Rise of Christian Nationalism

When I wrote about Christian nationalism in 2006, it was still widely considered a fringe phenomenon. Now it has moved to the very center of our politics, and is driving the renewed craze for banning books. I'll speak about the history and spread ...

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Libraries as Place: How Design Excellence Informed by Inclusive Community Conversations Can Maximize Your ROI.

Libraries by definition and by statute should be one of, if not the most diverse, equitable and inclusive places within a community. However, given the current threat to public libraries across our country on the heels of a pandemic whose effects ...

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The Politics of Reviewing in An Age of Book Banning

A look back at some key moments in attempts to ban or disappear books in America and how the current wave of book banning makes book reviewing more vexed and urgent.   REGISTER TODAY Register today and then click to share this confer...

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Reading for Justice: Literature as a Tool for Antiracism

Join us for an engaging and transformative session where we explore the power of literature in fostering antiracism. Through meaningful discussion and reflection, participants will:• Understand the Fundamentals: Define race and racism, and discuss...

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The Backlash was Inevitable, But it Means We’re Winning

National Book Award winning author Andrew Aydin discusses the progress, context, and history of modern activism through his work with America’s libraries and how history is a guide for overcoming the present-day backlash.   REGISTER TODAY...

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A Conversation on Fighting Book Bans with Representative Maxwell Frost

Join us for an insightful session featuring Representative Maxwell Frost, who has served as the United States Representative for Florida’s 10th congressional district since 2023. This session will focus on Rep. Frost's introduction of H.R. 6592, t...

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North Carolina's Political Landscape

Building coalitions and effective mobilization first requires understanding the political geography. In this session, Carolina Forward's Executive Director Blair Reeves will explain North Carolina's political landscape, and how advocates and suppo...

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A Librarian's-Eye View of the Radical Right's Crusade to Take Down Public Education

Professor Kalin will describe the new Trouble in Censorville project, a gripping, harrowing collection of first-person reports—testimonies by school librarians and teachers—of the far right’s well-funded, well-organized assault on our public schoo...

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Best Practices in Fundraising for a Library Staff

What are the best practices in high performing fundraising offices? We will cover ways to identify prospective donors. Qualify and prioritize current and prospective donors. How to segment donors and prospects, engage and excite people about the f...

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Know Your Legal Rights: Librarians and Book Bans

This presentation looks at current books bans and censorship laws and provides a brief primer on your rights as a librarian under the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, federal anti-discrimination and retaliation laws, and o...

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